Top 7 Essential Oils and Their Benefits
Essential oils are rapidly gaining popularity and acceptance for their function and healing capabilities. A good alternative for achieving robust health, research now proves essential oils do much more than provide pleasant aromas. This article explains what you need to know about essential oils, their benefits, and our top seven picks for optimal health.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated versions of naturally occurring oils in plants.
Essential oils capture the plant’s scent, flavor and essence. Often used in aromatherapy, the essential oils can be inhaled, applied with heat or rubbed onto the skin.
Essential oil therapy continues to gain in popularity as more research proves their effectiveness. Research is ongoing and will undoubtably continue to show more benefits in using these healing plant oils.
Top 7 Essential Oils
Essential oils are a good alternative to pharmaceuticals, harsh chemicals and drugs. For those looking for alternative ways of healing and feeling better, using oils has become a favorable option. Without harsh chemicals and rare side effects, these plant oils promote well-being in a way often failing in traditional medicine.
These are our top seven essential oils and their associated benefits.
The Wise Men must have known something about the value of bringing frankincense to baby Jesus, because modern science has now discovered some of its truly amazing properties. In fact, scientific studies have resulted in the acknowledgment of the anticancer activities of the essential oils frankincense, myrrh and others.
Frankincense oil is extracted from a tree that is part of the Boswellia genus. Frankincense has been cited in multiple oncology journals, including Cancer, illustrating the role frankincense can play in killing cancer cells.
In Chinese medicine, frankincense has been used for ages to prevent cancer and other illnesses. The oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to modulate the immune system. A well-known therapeutic agent, frankincense oil works to fight against and prevent chronic diseases.
In addition to smelling great, sandalwood oil is a gentle bactericide. Sandalwood is commonly known for its abilities to heal a sore throat.
More than a pleasant woodsy aroma, sandalwood oil can have a greater impact on health than you might have imagined.
Significant scientific studies have found that sandalwood oil has properties that inhibit the enzymes tyrosinase and cholinesterase. Inhibiting these enzymes indicate that sandalwood could play a part in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Peppermint essential oil is often used as a home remedy for headaches, muscle and joint pains and digestive problems.
But peppermint oil’s benefits don’t stop there. It has been known to reduce nausea naturally, even in postoperative states.
Additionally, nine different studies were reviewed and illustrated that peppermint oil is a safe and effective short-term solution for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Grapefruit is recognized as a fat-burning fruit. Accordingly, grapefruit oil is recognized as a metabolism booster and a fat-burning agent.
Grapefruit essential oil stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and suppresses the parasympathetic nervous system. This allows for an increase in body temperature, an increase in plasma glycerol levels, and a decrease in appetite.
Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. These properties fight against various potent microbes such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (bacteria that causes tuberculosis), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA – staph infections), viruses, and fungi (like Candida).
Because of its antimicrobial and antiseptic nature, eucalyptus is a good candidate for treating wounds.
Often used at massage therapy offices and alternative healing outlets as an expectorant and decongestant, eucalyptus oil is also commonly used as a home remedy for allergies, colds and upper-respiratory infections.
A popular relaxing and pleasant aroma, lavender has long been praised as an anti-anxiety essential oil. Soothing and inductive of a pleasant state of mind, lavender oil calms body, mind and soul.
As more scientific research comes out on the subject of lavender, we are learning the potent effect the oil has on improved mental health issues, better sleep, eased symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and a reduction in postnatal depression.
Did you know oregano oil can combat athlete’s foot naturally? It can. One of the many functions of oregano essential oil is utilization as a fungicide.
Oregano’s antibacterial properties can fight E. coli, the dangerous bacteria that causes food poisoning. In addition, oregano oil has the ability to improve gastrointestinal health in general.
Oregano oil can even help you fight the flu! One component of oregano oil is carvacrol, an antiviral.
Incorporating Essential Oils into Your Daily Round
Essential oils have an array of natural benefits, and more research on their healing properties is being developed continually.
People dealing with chronic disease, cancer and other illnesses have often found a ceiling on how much relief they can get from traditional medicinal practices. Therefore, alternative healing practices become more and more mainstream.
Acknowledging the value of alternative healing treatments includes recognizing and utilizing the myriad benefits of essential oils and incorporating them into daily life.
Some ways of incorporating essential oils into your daily round are:
- Dropping some lavender oil in a bath while winding down for bed
- Dabbing some peppermint oil on your wrists and rubbing them together when you need a lift or energy boost throughout your day
- Rubbing frankincense on and between your toes daily to optimize health
- Applying grapefruit oil to your chest and temples in the mornings
- Setting out a reed diffuser in a glass bottle filled with sandalwood or eucalyptus to breathe in the fragrant and beneficial attributes of the oils
- Keeping a terra cotta oregano-infused necklace or medallion for your desk
Have fun and get creative coming up with your own therapeutic uses for essential oils.
We recommend incorporating these natural healing agents into your lifestyle and encourage you to educate yourself on other holistic modalities as well.
Synergy Lifestyle Medicine recommends using essential healing oils to optimize health and healing. We utilize this and other holistic healing practices in the treatment of chronic illness, disease and cancer. Learn how we can help you or your loved one on the path to recovery.
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